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Afi Film Fest: A Window On Some Far Shores : Saturday

March 08, 1987|MICHAEL WILMINGTON and All AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles events will take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at Ticketron, Teletron and at the box office one hour before showtime. Information: (213) 520-2000 , 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

"Alpine Fire" (Switzerland, 1986, 3:15 p.m.). Writer-director Freddie Meurer really knows how to hold an audience; this feature--about a rough-hewn farming family on an isolated Alpine mountain range--simmers with tensions, erotic and otherwise. The mountainside is cold, but the characters are hot; Meurer focuses on their everyday lives, and puts a lot of marvelously worked-out detail in their messy, isolated existence--while letting undercurrents of violence, betrayal and incest (between a deaf boy and his sister) gradually break out. Still, there's something basically thin about the moral drama; it limits the film.

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